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Downsview Infant, Ashford
It is proving very exciting for myself and the children of Downs View to be part of The Bird Box project. I think it is real privilege to see how these beautiful creatures make their nests. I have instigated a couple of things in school to promote the project and we started early with a bird feeder competition in January. Lots of our children entered and it was really hard to choose the winners which are pictured here.
We put all of the bird feeders outside around the school which I’m sure has encouraged the birds in our box to begin to build a nest.
Our bird box is located close to our storage sheds and kitchen building, but is hasn’t seemed to deter the birds.
During our science week we also promoted the project to parents at an open evening at the end of the week displaying all the work the children had been doing. Information and logins have also gone out on our weekly newsletters.
We are very fortunate at Downs View to have such fantastic grounds and over the past couple of years we have developed our Forest School area.
This has a shelter, pond and a wild flower meadow. The area is used for Forest School sessions where the children experience tool work, den building, willow weaving and the freedom to play and explore
At Downs View we truly value outdoor learning and are also in the process of developing areas in all year groups which include wildlife areas, mud kitchens, sand, and water and raised planting beds.
Jane Waters – EYFS Teacher, Outdoor Learning, Science, Eco and Forest School L3 Leader.